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River front improvements
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Phil    Posted 07-15-2002 at 07:23:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Recently purchased some nice river front property in WVA. Two items of advice needed. Are there any plans out there for a cheap dock made with 55 gallon drums. And -- my road down a steep grade to the river is hard to maintain-- lots of erosion If I invest in improvements to the dirt road what should I keep in mind???

Lew    Posted 07-15-2002 at 20:35:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just curious, which river? On the dock issue, how much does the water level vary? How much current is there? If the water level varies quite a bit then a dock setting on the bottom will have problems. I have seen floating docks in rivers with considerable current kept in place by ropes or cables tied to on shore upstream rigid objects. Six 55 gallons drums in a 3 x 2 configuration under a platform makes a good float. Strap the drums in place with wire, rope or cable depending on how long it is to last. On the inclined driveway, Have it graded with a definite crown in the middle to force the water into the ditches. Keep the ditches cleaned of any obstructions. Is this a weekend situation or are you going to live there?

DeadCarp    Posted 07-15-2002 at 09:05:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
In my experience, barrels and current don't like each other. And boat motors don't like either one. :)

Our river dock is on 2 axles and pulls out by just lifting the centered support discs and towing with a garden tractor. We scoot it around to line up just right onshore and just roll it in. The underwater axle on the deep end is heavy enough to hold it against the current. Tires are half-submerged on the shallow end, and the first 8 feet is hinged to fold up for towing.

Ludwig    Posted 07-15-2002 at 07:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
As to the road, if you can get a load of recycled
pavement on it you'll be way ahead. If you can
then get that rolled with a good heavy roller
you'll have a close approximation to
Even without the roller crushed asphalt stays
in place far better than any sort of gravel.

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